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The small village of Avlona, at the northern end of the island of Karpathos, is one of the most remote and isolated places in Greece. In 1983 it was only a seasonal village, abandoned during the winter months by the farmers and herdsmen who still tried to scratch something from the rocky soil. In the foreground and on the hillsides you can see traces of the stone terraces that must date to medieval or even ancient times, an attempt to increase farmland back when the population was much larger and also mostly self-sufficient. These terraces, crumbling now, can be found all over northern Karpathos. The village of Avlona had no electricity and only one telephone in 1983. Further to the north is the pilgrimage site of Vurgunda.

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